Supper at sundown party look for Bright.Bazaar

Hello dears. I’m BACK. Firstly, thank you for your emails and comments expressing concern about my absence from here. If you like Mochatini on Facebook, you might know that my site had been hacked and it took a long time to clean and fix it back. I truly appreciate your patience and am grateful you didnt give up on me.

In addition to moving to a new location, more on that shortly, Mochatini offices have been busy styling entertaining features and parties.Rising in temperatures gets everyone in the mood for outdoor entertaining. And I have been loving creating outdoor party looks.Such as this one, supper at sundown. For those know missed it over at Will’s Bright.Bazaar, I wanted to create a cozy, modern rustic tablescape on my rooftop.

Keeping the focus on stunning views of the city, I kept the table settings simple and uncluttered using elements that soften the harsh concrete rooftop. When deciding on pieces for an outdoor party, chose materials that are easy to transport, are durable and complement the surroundings rather than competing with them.

Succulents in woven baskets make easy and portable centerpieces while adding form to the table.

A make-it-yourself table cover using durable materials such as a painters drop cloth, available at most hardware stores, is ideal for windy rooftops. Create a pattern using painters tape and spray with paint for a unique design.

Include wooden elements to bring warmth and weight to the table.
Claudia of Fig 2 Design once again works her magic to create circle placecards that function as coasters. The gold dots add a touch of glam and pair perfectly with the gold-rimmed champagne glasses.
Think about lighting after sunset. Tealights in mercury glass votives protect the candle from blowing out and cast a romantic glow on the table.
And for the most important part of this supper, enjoy the beautiful views and sunset with your guests.
See more details and sources on how to create this look over at my monthly column Tablescape 101 on Bright.Bazaar.
images styled and photographed by ManviDrona-Hidalgo

Guest Post: Brighten up your home with vibrant colors this Summer

As a special treat, decorating with color guest post by Polly Vaughan

Distressed-effect shabby chic or high-gloss minimalism – whichever way your home décor inclines, it’d be easy to assume that the default-option colour is white. Flick through any glossy interiors mags, Pinterest boards, style blogs and catalogues, and you’re confronted with shades from swansdown to snowdrop, chalk to cotton wool; it’s a bit like the audience at fashion shows where everyone’s wearing black.

I’m beginning to find this a little boring – but can’t quite bring myself to break open a tin of coloured paint and redecorate.

I’m slowly daring to deviate from mindless monochrome by introducing small and inexpensive splashes of colour – graphic-print cushions, vases, a teapot, a small striped throw – and am debating whether to go a stage further and paint my wooden kitchen chairs in primary shades. Well, I can always slap on another coat of thick acrylic eggshell if it all goes wrong.

If you’re going to get colourful, then you might as well go as bright as you dare – there’s no point in playing around with mimsy pastels. And clear, strong hues are fashionable this summer, apparently; themes at the latest design fairs and interiors trade shows have included acid yellows, grass greens, scarlets and orange (“Tangerine Tango” is the Pantone Colour of the Year 2012.)

Even purple, if you’re brave enough, will really enhance a retro look. If you’re really keen to experiment, think about colour for key items of furniture; cupboard doors, perhaps, or bookshelves – IKEA’s famous best-selling Billy bookshelf is now available in yellow, for example, and is stocking some wonderful upholstered armchairs in lime green, plum purple, poppy red and turquoise.

There’s another advantage, too, to bringing some colour into your home life; keeping an all-white house clean and shiny is a real chore, with every filthy finger mark, footprint or food splodge showing up to stark effect. Don’t even think about trying to keep a white sofa pristine if you’re more of a slummy mummy than a high-maintenance cleaning freak, and if you’re forever wiping up after messy kids, mucky men or muddy dogs, then why make your life difficult with white floorboards? Paint them and your life will instantly become less stressful – honestly.

When you’re overhauling your house, don’t forget the boring stuff. Once you’ve got that paint out from under your fingernails, remember to look through your paperwork and check that you have adequate home insurance.

PS: dont forget to enter the Adobe Lightroom 4 giveaway, a $150 value!! 

images: pinterest board

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